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What I Have Learned in 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I have been wanting to start a blog in 2013. I read a blog today looking back over 2012, and forward to 2013, which inspired me to do the same. So, a little bit of introduction is in order. I've been fighting my weight most of my adult life. I've had times of great success, followed by then putting the weight back on. I retired a couple of years ago, while still in my early 50's, from a fairly stressful, time consuming career. At that time, I decided that I now had the time, energy, and desire to work on a lifelong solution to my health issues. I have lost 60 pounds to date, and with SP I feel like I have found the way to lose the rest of my extra weight. I'd like to lose 30 more pounds, and then reassess. I'm looking for that balance of a healthy weight I can maintain while still having lots of fun.

I found SP in July 2012 and absolutely love it. Since that time, I have been able to:
1. Lose 17 pounds.
2. Track all foods and have learned quite a lot. Most importantly, I didn't realize how much sodium I was consuming. I've done an overhaul of my diet using the nutrition tracker.
3. I have Type 2 diabetes, and now have it under control. I am consistently getting readings in the 70-110 range.
4. I have been able to lower my blood pressure from a level where I was in danger of having a stroke to now getting reading in the 120/80 range.
5. I have exercised on and off during my adult years, but since retirement very consistently. I love having the fitness tracker to see how I am doing. My husband and I rejoined our old gym a few days ago. We have gone twice already, and will go again today.
6. Most importantly, I really feeI confident that this is going to work. I wake up excited each day and with a feeling that I'm getting closer and closer to figuring it all out. I have a renewed sense of hope, which I sorely needed.

Tomorrow, I plan to set out my goals for the new year. I like the idea that these blogs will not only encourage me to do my best but will also be a good history and will open my eyes even more.

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